Five Good Ideas Update June 2012

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Five Good Ideas Update June 2012  

Thanks to your support and participation, we have just concluded our most successful season! We had record-high registration numbers and the book Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success went into a second print run!

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The results of the Five Good Ideas contest are in. We asked what businesses can learn from non-profits and received advice from across Canada. Here are the top five entries.

Congratulations to the contest winners: Charles Achampong, Manager, Corporate & Stakeholder Relations, TRIEC; Elaine Magil, Manager, WoodGreen Community Services; Errol Mendes, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa; Chris Pullenayagem, Director, Christian Reformed Church; and Susan Ryan, Children’s Peace Theatre.

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Join us on June 6 for the release of the fifth DiverseCity Counts report which focuses on why diversity in leadership on non-profit boards matters. Register for the webinar.

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Who are the people you would like to hear speak at Five Good Ideas next year? What are the topics you are interested in? Let us know.

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Missed our Five Good Ideas session in May? 

Policy Lessons

In her Five Good Ideas session, Sherri TorjmanVice-President, Caledon Institute of Social Policy shares that the purpose of policy work is to improve the quality of life for all citizens.

Watch the video presentation.




Have a great summer and we’ll see you in September!


Videos of other sessions:

Mapping Progress, with a Purpose with Blair Dimock, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Opening Our Doors to Leaders: Community Engagement 101 with Deena Ladd, Workers’ Action Centre

Social Innovation with Al Etmanski, President, PLAN

Campaigning for Social Change with Dave Meslin, Artist and Organizer

Obtaining and Maintaining Charitable Status
with Andrew Stirling, Associate, McMillan LLP

Diversifying Your Board: Why It’s Good and How to Do It with Helen Hayward, Director, Western Management Consultants 


Tweet, Blog and Link Your Way Into Successful Human Resources with Harpaul Sambhi, CEO, Careerify


Five Good Ideas – THE BOOK!

Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success 

The book is a collection of the great ideas that came out of the first 8 years of the Five Good Ideas sessions. Pick it up and skim from subject to subject or read it cover to cover. Either way, you’ll find ideas and techniques that will make a difference in how you manage. Read more.


Five Good Ideas

is a lunch and learn program where industry or issue experts discuss powerful yet practical ideas on key management issues facing nonprofit organizations. The sessions are most useful for staff and board members of small and mid-sized nonprofits. Each expert presents five practical, strategic ideas and explores with the audience how these ideas can be translated into action.

St. Michael’s College – Elmsley Hall, Charbonnel Lounge
81 St. Mary Street (MAP)
Closest subways are Bay Station and Museum Station